Browsing All posts tagged under »Biofuels«

No End In Sight For The Biofuel Wars

December 19, 2019 by

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By Paul Driessen ~ The Big Oil-Big Biofuel wars rage on. From my perch, ethanol, biodiesel and “advanced biofuels” make about zero energy, economic or environmental sense. They make little political sense either, until you recognize that politics is largely driven by crony-capitalism, campaign contributions and vote hustling. Even now, once again, as you read […]

More Ethanol Means Higher Prices, And Not Just For Gasoline

October 19, 2019 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Over the summer, President Donald Trump tweeted that his administration was working on an ethanol package that would be “Great for all!” Now that we have the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft proposal, we can see he was half right. It’s great, all right—for the politically connected. It’s costly for everyone else. […]

E15’s Not The Problem. Special Treatment For Ethanol Is.

October 11, 2018 by

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By Nicolas Loris and David Grogan ~ The Trump administration’s intention to authorize year-round sale of gasoline blended with a 15 percent ethanol mixture, announced Monday, perpetuates bad energy policy, both economically and environmentally. Having more options in what you buy is usually a good thing. However, E15, as it’s called, wouldn’t exist without mandates, subsidies, […]

The Ethanol Gravy Train Rolls On

May 16, 2018 by

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Opponents make compelling case but can’t derail or even slow this well-protected industry By Paul Driessen ~ Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful […]

The Biofuel Crony Capitalist Revolving Door

January 9, 2018 by

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Ex-Grassley aide will now help Big Corn and Big Biodiesel retain their mandates and subsidies By Paul Driessen ~ Yet another congressional aide is about to pass through Washington’s infamous revolving door to a lucrative private sector position. Kurt Kovarik, legislative director for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), will become vice president of federal affairs for […]

Why Congress Should Ditch The Renewable Fuel Standard

December 6, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Stephan Jaksch ~ Politicians don’t have a crystal ball that can predict the future of energy prices, energy supplies, or demand for electricity and gasoline. But they pretend to, and that’s a problem. It leads to market-distorting policies that harm Americans as consumers and taxpayers. Take the Renewable Fuel Standard. Congress […]

The Ethanol Mandate Promotes Swamp Dominance, Not Energy Dominance

November 14, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris and Samantha Block ~ Washington is known for political arm-twisting. There’s a good reason for that. It too often works, and it helps prop up bad policies like mandates to blend corn-based ethanol and other biofuels into our fuel supply. In September, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed cutting the volumetric requirements for […]

Lawmaker Works To Save Taxpayers’ Money With New Energy Bill

August 8, 2017 by

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By Rachel del Guidice ~ An Arizona congressman is working to remove energy subsidies that are part of the 2014 farm bill. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., recently released legislation that he says could save the American taxpayer more than a billion dollars over five years. Biggs told The Daily Signal in an interview that he […]

Biofuel Justifications Are Illusory

July 31, 2017 by

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It’s time to really cut, cut, cut ethanol and other renewable fuel mandates – maybe to zero By Paul Driessen ~ The closest thing to earthly eternal life, President Ronald Reagan used to say, is a government program. Those who benefit from a program actively and vocally defend it, often giving millions in campaign cash […]

Next Farm Bill Shouldn’t Play Favorites With Energy

March 10, 2017 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The House Agriculture subcommittee on commodity exchanges, energy, and credit is holding a hearing March 9 titled “The Next Farm Bill: Rural Development & Energy Programs.” The 2002 farm bill was the first to contain an energy title, which has since grown to include direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and […]

Finally, America May Be Catching On To Ethanol Racket

February 3, 2016 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The results of the Iowa caucus proved even Iowans—long seen as fervent proponents of ethanol—don’t view Washington’s favoritism to it as necessarily still required. Much like many campaigns out there, the Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates the use of biofuels in our gasoline, has been full of empty promises. When Congress […]

Ethanol And Biodiesel: Guilty As Charged

July 13, 2015 by

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Bogus biofuel trading costs us millions – while the absurd biofuel program costs us billions By Paul Driessen ~ Two notorious crooks are helping us wrap up another sordid episode in the saga of the United States biofuel mandates, while further highlighting how bungled and long past its expiration date the program is. Congress concocted […]

Don’t Tweak The Biofuels Mandate, End It

May 30, 2015 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ This week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its biofuels targets for 2014-16 as part of the Renewable Fuels Standard passed in 2005. In the interest of forcing biofuels into the market, the agency now will require 17.4 billion gallons of biofuels be produced in 2016, 14 million of which can be […]

I Come To Bury Renewable Fuel Standards

February 3, 2015 by

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Not to praise ethanol mandates that kill jobs, raise food costs, and hurt poor families and wildlife By Paul Driessen ~ They say politics makes strange bedfellows. In a perfect example, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are cosponsoring the “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act,” to abolish the corn ethanol Renewable Fuel […]

The Ethanol Mandate Proves The Government Is A Poor Central Planner

November 27, 2014 by

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By Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris ~ The federal government’s mandate to require Americans to use expensive, inefficient biofuels is so broken and dysfunctional it can’t even decide the ideal target amount of production. On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency again announced that it would not determine the amount of ethanol and biofuels required to be […]

This Standard Is One Reason The Price Of Gas Will Increase

July 1, 2014 by

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By David Kreutzer, Ph.D. ~ Not thinking things through is a chronic problem with policy-makers in Washington. Superficial and easily sound-bite-able policies dominate the thoughtful-but-complex ones. For instance mandates for biofuel use would seem to be driven by basic supply and demand—more domestic fuel would lead to lower fuel prices for consumers. But the reality […]

Fallacious Claims Prop Up Ethanol

October 10, 2013 by

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How can members of Congress still support rising renewable fuel mandates? By Paul Driessen ~ Arguments put forward to support ethanol and other biofuels hold water like sieves – leaking billions of gallons of precious fresh water that are required to produce this expensive, unsustainable energy. These and other renewable energy programs may have originated […]

Leading From Behind in Syria

August 28, 2013 by

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The Patriot Post ~ THE FOUNDATION “A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” –James Madison NATIONAL SECURITY Leading From Behind in Syria Turning another page in his Lead-From-Behind World Tour, President […]

How The Greens Pick Your Pocket

May 14, 2013 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ The famed Boston Tea Party was a protest against “taxation without representation”, but our pockets are picked every day by a plethora of taxes of which most Americans are not even aware. We get robbed when the federal government thwarts exploration and extraction of energy resources that would greatly reduce those […]

Farm Bill Wastes More Taxpayer Money On Green Subsidies

May 14, 2013 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Slapping the word rural in front of a bunch of green subsidies does not mean they’re not subsidies. But that’s exactly what the Rural Energy Investment Act section of the Senate version of the farm bill legislation does. The legislation includes direct handouts and loan guarantees for advanced biofuels and bio-refineries, […]

Ethanol Mandate Leads To Violence, Social Unrest

February 8, 2013 by

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By Michael Sandoval ~ The conversion of corn to ethanol has contributed to a doubling in global food prices since 2005, according to a report by the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). In a presentation at The Heritage Foundation, Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam elaborated upon earlier research done by NECSI demonstrating a link between global […]

Congress Should Permanently Waive the Ethanol Mandate

November 20, 2012 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a proposal from a number of governors and federal legislators to partially waive the Renewable Fuels Standard, which mandates the production of 36 billion gallons of ethanol by 2022. This year, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires refiners to blend nearly 13 […]

Ethanol and Corn: The Power of a Really Bad Idea

July 24, 2012 by

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By Alan Caruba ~ It took some eighty years for Communism to fail in the former Soviet Union. Along the way, millions were sent to gulags and millions more died from starvation and World War Two added to the death tolls. Spreading Communism like a religion, it had similar results in China and everywhere it […]

Biomassive Energy Subsidies in Farm Bill

June 24, 2012 by

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By Nicolas Loris ~ The farm bill, which passed in the Senate yesterday, has little to do with farming and a lot to do with handouts. Energy subsidies? The farm bill’s full of ‘em, particularly in the Title IX energy section, and they all need to go. The legislation includes direct handouts and loan guarantees […]